This is what happens when Labor appoints independent umpires
What Slater and Gordon says is a matter for Slater and Gordon (and Julia Gillard's former flatmate Julie Ligeti)

The Institute of Public Affairs on the Conroy/Gillard abomination


Here's the Institute of Public Affairs with some reasoned thinking about Freedom of the Press.

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The IPA's James Paterson wrote this piece for The Australian newspaper:

All politicians are self-interested. But few are as shameless as Communications Minister Stephen Conroy.

His proposed "media reforms" may be a thinly veiled response to a technologically driven changing media landscape, but we all know their real purpose: to punish and rein in the federal government's critics in the media.

They amount to a massive expansion of government control over the media, and they have no place in a free society.

Conroy has been egged on by Labor backbenchers and the Greens for months about the evils of media companies such as News Limited, publisher of The Australian. Former Greens leader Bob Brown famously dubbed News as part of the "hate media" and called for licensing for newspaper proprietors. Current Greens leader Christine Milne called for a "fit and proper test" so the government could control who invested in the media.

And finally the IPA has scored a significant coup in engaging former justice of the High Court, Ian Callinan AC QC  to provide pro bono advice to the IPA on whether the government's media laws can be challenged in the High Court.